Paris-based vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it is working with Taiwan’s largest broadband provider in terms of subscribers, Chunghwa Telecom, to commence the world’s ‘first commercial deployment of G.fast ultra-broadband access technology’, which the pair say will allow them to use copper ‘last mile’ technology to deliver ultra-high speed broadband access directly to the end user’s property. In a press release, Alca-Lu confirmed that the deployment of a hybrid fibre and copper wire platform would allow the telco to meet high demand for ultra-fast broadband quickly and cost-efficiently. As it stands, some 68% of homes in Taiwan utilise cable for their high speed internet needs, but with the introduction of 4K TV and high-definition (HD) streaming, the vendor and Chungwha are looking to deliver near-gigabit speeds to business and residential users alike by deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and G.fast technologies. Having previously hinted in June this year at a full-blown September launch, the telco now says that it will kick off commercial ultra-broadband services using G.fast to 8.4 million low- and high-rise buildings in Taiwan sometime in the fourth quarter. Chunghwa is using Alca-Lu’s G.fast technology, including: 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) Optical Network Terminals (ONTs); 7368 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) CPEs with integrated reverse power; and 5520 Access Management System to accelerate last mile fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) ultra-broadband connectivity while taking advantage of reduced costs and complexity.
In an unrelated development, Chunghwa has reportedly procured 3G network equipment from Nokia Networks. Digitimes reports that the operator has purchased base stations and network equipment worth TWD834 million (USD25.6 million) from the manufacturer. It currently has around seven million 3G subscribers on its books and also uses its 3G network to provide voice communication services for its 4G subscribers. The purchase comes on top of the April 2015 deal to buy TWD1.86 billion worth of 4G equipment from Nokia and a TWD2.58 billion contract with Ericsson in May – again for 4G gear.